KEIGHLEY Cougars are taking legal advice following their relegation from the Championship.

The club are still fuming over the RFL’s decision to restore the three points that they had docked Batley for fielding an ineligible player. Cougars went down on Sunday after finishing one point behind.

Chairman Gary Fawcett contacted the RFL straight after his side’s heart-breaking 26-24 loss to Featherstone and has released a statement confirming that Keighley intend to take the matter further.

Fawcett said: “I spoke to the RFL expressing that we are feeling very hard done to. Simply put, our head coach (Paul March) was found guilty of transgressing one of the rules of the game … and he was punished with a four-match ban followed by a two-month stadium ban.

“On the other side, it is agreed that Doncaster and Batley broke the rules and fielded ineligible players one of which, Jacob Fairbank, scored the winning try for Batley during the game in which he was ineligible.

“Batley and Doncaster were found guilty and deducted three points by a disciplinary panel which were somehow, miraculously, reinstated the following week.

“As far as we know, neither club has been punished at all. There is no publicly available information informing us why the points were reinstated.

"When the same thing happened in football earlier this year, the team in question were thrown out of the competition!"